County approves plan for growth between Blackfalds and Lacombe

Lacombe County council has approved a plan to guide development along the west side of Hwy 2 between Blackfalds and Lacombe.

Lacombe County council has approved a plan to guide development along the west side of Hwy 2 between Blackfalds and Lacombe.

Growing demand for industrial and commercial development along the busy highway corridor prompted the county’s Highway 2 West Area Structure Plan, said county planner and development officer Anita O’Driscoll at a public hearing on Thursday.

There was considerable local interest in the plan, which was the subject of three public meetings, and about a dozen people attended the hearing at Lacombe County’s offices. Among issues raised previously were the size of the plan area and its potential impact on existing and future agricultural operations.

The plan calls for a phased approach to commercial and industrial development, which will be restricted to nodes just west of the towns of Blackfalds and Lacombe. Development outside of these identified areas will not be allowed until 75 per cent of the developable area within each node has been used up.

Developments must also be compatible with surrounding land uses and a set of site development guidelines has been established.

New confined feeding operations will not be allowed within the two development nodes.

Existing operations — and there is one in each node — will be allowed to expand if approved by the Natural Resources Conservation Board.

Also built into the plan are traffic impact reviews at various stages of development build-out. Each proposed development must also undertake its own traffic impact assessment.

All existing land uses allowed in the county’s agricultural district and its municipal development plan remain unaffected.

Just Posted

Thousands of Albertans flock to Westerner Days on last day

Central Albertans took advantage of Sunday’s sunshine and flocked to Westerner Days… Continue reading

Former Humboldt Broncos player who survived bus crash hopes for spot on team

RED DEER, Alta. — A former Humboldt Broncos player whose back was… Continue reading

Man and dog dead after early morning house fire in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Officials say a man and a dog are dead… Continue reading

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

OTTAWA — The federal government is fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit against… Continue reading

May says Greens will work with any party that has a serious plan for the climate

OTTAWA — With three months until Canadians vote in the next federal… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: 5 casual summer dress styles

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

TORONTO — The names of the two people killed in a shooting… Continue reading

Relief in sight for southeastern Canada following weekend heat wave

MONTREAL — Relief is in sight for sweltering Canadians after a weekend… Continue reading

Trudeau’s former right-hand adviser playing role in Liberal election campaign

OTTAWA — With three months to go now until the election, the… Continue reading

Hotels face battle over whether to help US house migrants

DETROIT — There’s a new target in the clash over immigration: hotels.… Continue reading

Thousands visit Illinois governor mansion after renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Thousands of people have visited the Illinois governor’s mansion… Continue reading

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

VANCOUVER — High school students in Canada may not be getting the… Continue reading

‘Us and them’: influence of Quebec anglos on decline with new Coalition government

MONTREAL — Last March, Quebec Premier Francois Legault made a mocking remark… Continue reading

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

VANCOUVER — Japanese Canadians across the country are meeting to discuss how… Continue reading

Most Read